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Marta Gutman
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: M.Arch, PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2000; Columbia University, 1981; Licensed architect, New York State no. 020384 (1989)
Research Interests: American Architecture and Urbanism
Professor Gutman seeks to discover how in different historical circumstances Americans have harnessed opportunities in the built environment to make better lives for themselves and their fellow citizens—especially women for children and children for themselves. In her writing and teaching, she examines ordinary buildings and neighborhoods, the history of cities, and issues of gender, class, race, and childhood as they play out in everyday spaces and social life of cities. Her current research focus is public architecture for city children. Like all of Gutman’s work, her new book A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014) promises to inform current public policy debates, not just about Oakland, but also, by extension cities more generally. Times Higher Ed named A City for Children a book of the year, calling it “a monumental achievement.”  Her new book project assesses architecture, education, and childhood in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. Prof. Gutman also co-edits Buildings & Landscapes for the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

The Historic Preservation Book Prize, from the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Program (2015)

The Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism, from the Langum Charitable Trust (2013-15)

Faculty Achievement and Distinguished Service Award, 2015 from CCNY Architecture Alumni Group of the Spitzer School of Architecture


A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 

Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space, and the Material Culture of Children, Ning de Coninck-Smith, co-editor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Response to Justin Binder’s ongoing Vacated project for Design and Violence, edited by Paola Antonelli and Jamer hunt (MomA, 2013 +),

“Teaching Marshall/Marshall Teaching: Encounters with Berman,” Urban Research 5: Marshall Berman, ed, Jennifer Corby and Michael Sorkin (in press).

“Cold Water,” in The Arsenal of Exclusion / Inclusion, ed. Interboro Partners. Barcelona & New York: Actar, in press.

“The Physical Spaces of Childhood,” chapter 13 in The Routledge History of Childhood in the West, ed. Paula S. Fass, 249-66. New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Modern Housing: A California Story,” dialogue nine in Architecture from the Outside In, ed. John Wriedt and Dana Cuff, 251-55. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

“Race, Place, and Play: Robert Moses and the WPA Swimming Pools in New York City,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67, no. 4 (December 2008): 532-61.

 “Open-Air Schools in the United States in the Progressive Era,” invited contribution to Histoire de l’√©ducation 102 (May 2004 special issue): 157-80, Anne-Marie Ch√Ętelet, M. Lecouer, guest editors

“Adopted Homes for Yesterday’s Children: Intention and Experience in an Oakland Orphanage,” Pacific Historical Review 73 no. 4 (November 2004): 581-618.

co-editor, Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2009-15.